French institute recognizes Hanwha Q CELLS' low carbon solar modules

Germany’s Hanwha Q CELLS has announced today that its PV modules and cells are certifiably low carbon and can thus be put forward for public tender calls for PV projects in France.

French institute Solstyce data-analyzed the company’s cell and module production techniques and, in its final report published this week, confirmed a C02 consumption of 399 kg/kWp – below the 400 kg threshold required by French lawmakers. As a result, Hanwha Q CELLS is now in a strong position to bid for public tender PV projects in France, where a precondition for participation is an independently verified low carbon footprint.

"Our data analysis has shown that the production of Q CELLS PV modules causes comparably low C02 emissions," said Solstyce carbon footprint expert Nicolas Planchenault. Hanwhat Q CELLS’ head of sales in France, Phillipe Pflieger, added: "Producing PV modules with a low carbon footprint is especially important with regards to public tenders in the French PV market. However, Hanwha Q CELLS has always cared to not only sell eco-friendly products, but also ensure that production processes avoid pollution as much as possible."

In response to Solstyce’s final report, Hanwha Q CELLS has announced plans to explore strengthening its position in France, having opened its first office in the country in March this year.

"Thanks to its high irradiation, PV makes a lot of sense in France’s sunny regions," added Pflieger. "We should be able to provide a full system C&I kit to our medium- and large-scale installers operating in the country by Q4 2014."

The announcement comes on the back of an independent study among installers in Germany, France, the U.K. and Italy that found the Q CELLS brand generally achieved the best results in Europe when compared to other manufacturers. According to the EuPD Research study, Top Brand PV Europe 2014.